6 Empowering Books Every Strong Latina Should Read

By Yocelyn Riojas

The Book of Unknown Americans is about a couple who emigrates from rich surroundings in Mexico to a more modest life in Delaware, and will leave you feeling all the feels for wife Alma and her special needs daughter, Maribel.

Sandra Cisneros's tells the coming of age story of Esperanza Cordero, a girl from Chicago who uses poems and stories to. Express her thoughts and emotions about her journey to make it out of her community. Whether it’s your first time or rereading this classic, you’ll be wishing there was more.

Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, details her life as a feminist who also happens to love certain things that aren't necessarily cause-friendly. It's a reminder that at the heart of all of us is a woman looking to define herself — and that the word feminist can have many definitions — it doesn't always have to mean marching with picket signs.

Moraga is well known in the world of feminist chicana literature for This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, a collection of thoughtful essays from women of color on feminism in the '80s.

There's a certain draw to stories of women staying strong in the aftermath of tragedy: it shows our uniquely feminine ability to stand tall and keep our heads held high — and our families together, as told through The Ladies of Managua, a story about a Nicaraguan family rebuilding after the death of their patriarch.

The author (formerly the editor of Colorlines Magazine) powerfully shares her personal story growing up in a Cuban and Colombian household — and accepting her place in the world as both a woman and bisexual woman in A Cup of Water Under My Bed.

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